I love things like this fashion sketchpad. It is full of croquis (rhymes with pokey), figure templates. I hadn't known such a thing existed until I came across this in our local bookstore.
Often when I am in the midst of writing a new book, I dream of finding beautiful dresses – unusual and unique ones with elegant but simple lines and materials (linen, cotton, silk) and when I wake, I'm disappointed that these dresses don't exist.
I realize, though, that they are part of creating anything new - your mind is sorting and sifting and combining, in hopes of making something elegant.
The two garments below are not elegant - I just quickly drew them on the croquis so you could see what the templates are like.